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Big gifts, big difference

I liked the projects and I was extremely impressed with the Christian Aid team,’ says Simon, an entrepreneur and former investment banker.

‘When you’re entrusting this kind of money, that’s a very important part of the thinking.’

From individuals to churches and trusts – everyone needs to know that their donation is making the maximum impact.

With more than £1 million (€1,103,515) to donate after the sale of his business, major donor Simon approached us with a rigorous selection process.

First he chose 20 charities, writing to each of them to ask them to submit proposals for his support. Then he asked a shortlist of eight to give face-to-face presentations. We were delighted when we were one of two charities finally selected, and received £622,000 (€686,340).

‘I liked the quality and credibility of the project proposals,’ says Simon. ‘I was extremely impressed with the Christian Aid team. They were straightforward to deal with, obviously dedicated, very professional, very responsive.’

Simon’s generous donation will support a water project in Ethiopia, an HIV/AIDS education project, also in Ethiopia, and the supply of food, water and medicine for 80,000 Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border.

He’s not alone in choosing Christian Aid. Each year, our major gifts team works with dozens of donors to pick out the projects which most need their support.

‘Simon wanted to know what we thought was important,’ says Gwen Emegbo, our major donors manager. ‘So we suggested projects for which it’s hard to get government or other major funding.

‘Making a significant gift to a charity can be a really big decision. If people are interested in investing in a specific type of work, say, clean water or reconstruction after a conflict, we sit down and work with them,’ she says.

‘We try to match people’s concerns with Christian Aid’s priorities and specific projects on the ground. Most of all, we try to make sure that their donation makes a real difference to real people’s lives.’

For more information, contact Ruth Woodward on +44 (0) 20 7523 7523 or email rwoodward@christian-aid.org 

Churches together

A gift of thousands of pounds isn’t possible for most of us. But together churchgoers can pool their donations to make a major gift – and a major difference.

Holy Trinity Church in Cookham, Berkshire, for instance, is raising £25,000 (27,586) to provide clean water and sanitation for 41,000 people in the remote Kedida Gamela region of Ethiopia.

For every pound the church raises, the European Union is contributing a further £3 (€3,30) towards the project – making its donation go much, much further.

To find out more about how to give together through your church, contact Anne Phipps on +44 (0) 20 7523 2018 or email aphipps@christian-aid.org

A foundation of trust

Dozens of charitable trusts and foundations also give our partners vital support each year – from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to small trusts who know that we make a little money go a long way.

A grant from the JA Clark Charitable Trust, a family trust, made possible our Freedom! sculpture, which toured the UK in 2007 to mark the anniversary of the end of the British slave trade. The sculpture, created by young Haitian artists, now has a permanent home in the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.  The trust also funds the work of one of our partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, promoting women’s rights and helping women recover from sexual violence. 

And, as our stories of the plight of sex workers and their fight against HIV in south India show, the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s £126,000 (€139,003) grant is supporting some of the most innovation work around on HIV prevention.
Read more about the groundbreaking work supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation

As global warming threatens the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poorest communities, we are looking for trusts and foundations to support our work on climate change. The Trust Greenbelt recently made a grant to the Christian Health Association of Malawi to install solar panels and provide solar electricity to remote communities. They, and others like them, will be with us at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

To find out how your trust or foundation can support Christian Aid, contact Mike Annison on +44 (0) 20 7523 2005 or email mannison@christian-aid.org. The difference you can make:

  • £5,000 (€5,514) will pay for two villages in Orissa, India, to operate on bio-diesel as an environmentally friendly source of fuel

  • £10,000 (€11,029) could pay for the independent monitoring of water, air and soil quality in La Oroya, Peru, where long-term pollution from a now US-owned smelting plant means that 70% of the population have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. It will also help to support lobbying and campaigning work to get the company to clean up its act

  • £50,000 (€55,146) will pay for 20 new flood-resistant houses in India with bio-gas power and running water. The houses are built with raised foundations and flat roofs so that families can escape high water levels. It also pays for training to help prepare the village for the worst effects of natural disasters.   

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